Aodhán Ó’Riordáin has apologised to Paddy Jackson.
The Labour senator was sued by the suspended rugby player after he posted a tweet in the wake of the Belfast rape trial’s verdict.
Posting a statement on Twitter he said his tweet “was not designed to or intended to suggest Paddy or any of the other accused men were guilty or that the jury got it wrog.”
— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (@AodhanORiordain) April 9, 2018
“I apologise for any suggestion to the contrary.”
“I accept that I was not privy to all the evidence put before the jury during the trial.”
Defamation cases in Ireland have traditionally awarded huge sums of money compared to similar trials abroad so much so that people bring such cases to the courts here from abroad.
The lawsuit led to #SueMePaddy trending on Twitter.